About a year ago, I was flipping through an issue of Washingtonian magazine reading a feature about the best antique shops in DC. I was making a mental note of where to go for great vintage jewelry, clothing and home decor. A photo of a huge warehouse space filled to the gills with funky, colorful antiques caught my attention and as I scanned for the address, I was excited and surprised to learn that Off the Beaten Track was in my neighborhood of Woodridge! Turns out that, true to its name, it is hidden away in a residential area just beside the railroad tracks. The hours are limited – they’re only open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10am – 4pm and then two weekends a month – but I headed over to check it out right away.
I had so much fun exploring and of course picked up a cute chair for my office. I was struck by the quality of the items and the relatively inexpensive price tags compared to some other antique shops in the city. Speaking of price tags, they use old photos for price tags which is adorable.
The owners are engaging and friendly and somewhat willing to negotiate on price, depending on the item and how much they purchased it for. They live in Brookland so they’re happy to support their loyal customer base. And I was quick to explain that this was the perfect spot for me to find gifts for my real estate clients. In fact, I picked up a great mirror for some clients who are renovating an old Wardman rowhouse with beautiful original Victorian details.
Since it’s virtually impossible for me to go there without picking up something for myself, I also bought this great carved wooden screen to hang above my bed.
The other really cool thing is that the furniture showroom is not the only business in the warehouse. The rest of the building was converted to affordable artist studios and workshops. You can wander around and visit artists hard at work on their latest projects and the Saturdays when the showroom is open turns into a kind of block party.